Fact: The majority of Israelis oppose an Israeli attack on Iran without U.S. backing, and many Israeli intelligence, military, and political officials have spoken out against an Israeli attack.

The majority of Israelis do not want Israel to attack Iran without the support of the United States:

  • A March 2012 Haaretz poll found that 58 percent opposed an Israeli strike without U.S. backing.
  • An August 2012 poll by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University’s Evens Program in Mediation and Conflict Resolution similarly found that 61 percent opposed such strikes, with only 27 percent in favor.

Top current and former Israeli military and political officials have spoken out strongly against an Israeli strike on Iran: